Bob Weir at Club Front Nov 1981

December 5th, 2016

Here are two photos of Bob Weir that I took at Club Front in November of 1981. I am offering them as 8×10 prints on Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper.

You can order 1 for $30 or both for $50. They will be signed and numbered. Size of the edition will be determined by the number of orders.

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Grateful Dead Hour no. 1472

December 4th, 2016

Week of December 5, 2016

Part 1 37:37
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
SPACE->
THE OTHER ONE->
STELLA BLUE->
AROUND AND AROUND->
JOHNNY B GOODE

Part 2 18:56
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
KEEP YOUR DAY JOB
Chocolate Coffee Pot (Perfectible)
CASSIDY’S CAT
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
PIG IN A PEN

Folk Time is a 1962 recording of a band that included Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, David Nelson, and two musicians who did not go on to the same level of fame that those three attained. It’s a wonderful document. Jerry was 20! Hunter was the bass player in this ensemble. His greatest fame has been as the lyricist of the Grateful Dead (and for Nelson, Jim Lauderdale, Little Feat, and other collaborators). Nelson, of course, went on to lead the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the David Nelson Band.

Chocolate Coffee Pot is a new CD of studio improvisations. Ratdog bassist Robin Sylvester is the hand-down MVP of these sessions, which also included Jim Brighton and me (David Gans) on guitar, Neil Hampton on drums, Jeff Hobbs on violin and sax (though not on this week’s selection), and Jordan Feinstein on keyboards. “Cassidy’s Cat” is a fantasia on Grateful Dead melodies and grooves; all the other selections on the record were created spontaneously in the studio by the musicians.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. After already crushing a sold-out show at The Cap this year, Vermont’s Twiddle returns for a two-night run, December 16 and December 17. On New Year’s Eve, one of the most exciting bands on the scene, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, will ring in 2017 at The Cap. Events, Information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

ConcertMats.com will turn your favorite ticket stub or memorabilia into a door mat, coffee mug, blanket, and more. Something for live music fans to think about for the gift-giving season!

The new documentary Orange Sunshine, the untold story of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love – who once were the largest distributor of psychedelics in the world. Orange Sunshine is available on iTunes and other digital platforms. Trailer and more information at orangesunshinemovie.com

New “single”: “Pancho and Lefty”

December 3rd, 2016

I took delivery of my new acoustic guitar by Mario DeSio a few days ago. I brought it into the studio this week, with Jeff Hobbs on cello and Joe Kyle, Jr on bass, to record one of my all-time favorite songs: Townes Van Zandt‘s “Pancho and Lefty.” We did a nice jam at the end, too.

I posted it on Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” item. You can have it for free, or you can contribute any dollar amount you like. I spent $700 on the recording (paying the musicians and the studio), and I would like to recover that amount if possible. All proceeds will be invested in more recording! I think of this as the first track of a “covers” project I hope to call David Gans Murders the Classics.

Thank you for listening, and please share the link!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1471

November 27th, 2016

Week of November 28, 2016

Part 1 23:37
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
HELL IN A BUCKET->
SHIP OF FOOLS

Talk
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung (RPF)
CASSIDY

Part 2 32:23
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
FAR FROM ME->
HE’S GONE->
JAM (without Jerry)->
DRUMS

I am really impressed with Holly Bowling‘s double CD of Grateful Dead songs! I will be featuring more of it in the weeks to come.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

ConcertMats.com will turn your favorite ticket stub or memorabilia into a door mat, coffee mug, blanket, and more. Something for live music fans to think about for the gift-giving season.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. ’Tis the season to ring in the holidays on Saturday, December 3 with moe. at The Capitol Theatre for the Famoe.ly Holiday Concert. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The new documentary Orange Sunshine, the untold story of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love – who once were the largest distributor of psychedelics in the world. Orange Sunshine is available on iTunes and other digital platforms. Trailer and more information at orangesunshinemovie.com

Jarnow on CCP

November 22nd, 2016

Chocolate Coffee Pot: “New conversations starting in the dialect of the Grateful Dead and proceeding into something like the secret language of twins, or in this case perhaps quadruplets.” – Jesse Jarnow, WFMU DJ and author of Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

Kind words for “Hand-Me-Down”

November 20th, 2016

Last week I jammed with Mokie in Salt Lake City. Their drummer is Dave Brogan, who also plays with ALO – a band I admire greatly. We had a great time! I gave Dave a copy of It’s a Hand-Me-Down, and this afternoon he sent me these kind words:

“I’m listening to your acoustic dead album right now, and it is great! The clarity of presentation really allows me to dig into the lyrics, and the emotional content is super strong too. Perfect balance. Great work.”

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1470

November 20th, 2016

Week of November 21, 2016

Part 1 20:37
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 20 (12/9/81)
US BLUES
(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION

Wake the Dead, Deal
DARK STAR->
MAIDS OF MICHELSTOWN->
AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING

Part 2 35:36
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
ME AND MY UNCLE->
MEXICALI BLUES
DUPREE’S DIAMOND BLUES
CASSIDY
WEST LA FADEAWAY
MIGHT AS WELL

Wake the Dead is a northern California band that’s closing in on two decades of charming Celtic-flavored interpretations of Grateful Dead and other favorites. Deal is their fourth album.

The new Dave’s Picks may already be sold out. Now is the time to sign up for the 2017 subscription, which will get you four complete concerts plus a bonus disc.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

St Martin’s Press, announcing the publication of Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III by the renowned oral historian Robert Greenfield. Bear, by Robert Greenfield, available in bookstores everywhere.

ConcertMats.com will turn your favorite ticket stub or memorabilia into a door mat, coffee mug, blanket, and more. Something for live music fans to think about for the gift-giving season – concertmats.com

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Twiddle returns to The Cap, with RAQ on December 16 and with Madaila on December 17. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1469

November 13th, 2016

Week of November 14, 2016

Part 1 24:20
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 20 (12/9/81)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Bob Weir 10/16/16 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
GONESVILLE
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Part 2 31:12
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
SHAKEDOWN STREET
LITTLE RED ROOSTER
FENNARIO

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

St Martin’s Press, announcing the November 15 publication of Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III by the renowned oral historian Robert Greenfield. Bear, by Robert Greenfield, available November 15 in bookstores everywhere.


The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, November 23, The Complete Last Waltz takes The Cap stage in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Band’s amazing event, with members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ween, Guster, and many more. On November 25 and 27, Ween brings psychedelic rock madness to The Cap. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1468

November 6th, 2016

Week of November 7, 2016

Part 1 31:24
Dead and Company 6/21/16 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
HERE COMES SUNSHINE
Dead and Company 6/25/16 Citi Field, New York NY
ALTHEA
Dead and Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA
EASY WIND

Part 2 23:23
Dead and Company 7/22/16 Moda Center, Portland OR
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
Dead and Company 7/10/16 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy WI
RIPPLE

This week’s program features some highlights from the summer tour of Dead and Company, selected by Brad Serling. Brad founded nugs.net in 1997, and over these last 19 years it has evolved into the leading source for official live music from some of the largest touring artists in the world, including Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers and of course Dead ad Company and other Dead-related musical enterprises. nugs.net offers downloads, CDs, webcasts, and subscription streaming services. Brad Serling hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM Jam On featuring fresh items from the nugs.net catalog. The company also meets our couch-touring needs with regular webcasts on nugs.tv. AND, Brad plays an hour of great recent concert video in a show called  “nugs.net Live Stash” Sundays at 9 on MTV Live.

All the shows from the Dead & Company summer 2016 tour are available in various formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Saturday, November 19, The Cap presents a night of psychedelic rock with Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The band released their 4th studio album in July, Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel. Events, Information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Wake the Dead, the Bay Area band announcing the release of their fourth CD of Celtic reimaginings of songs of the Grateful Dead and the Summer of Love. Deal by Wake the Dead is available from CDBaby and from www.wakethedead.org

Paperback edition of “This is All a Dream”

November 5th, 2016

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The paperback is here! Order a signed copy by clicking the button below. You can tell us who to make it out to in the “instructions to the seller” field.





Chocolate Coffee Pot CD

November 3rd, 2016

Chocolate Coffee Pot is an album of studio improvisations.

Chocolate Coffee Pot

David Gans and Jim Brighton – guitar
Robin Sylvester – bass
Neil Hampton – drums
Jordan Feinstein – keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
Jeff Hobbs – violin, saxophone, percussion (5, 7, 8)

All songs composed by the musicians performing on each selection and published by Whispering Hallelujah Music (BMI), except “Cassidy’s Cat,” composed by Grateful Dead and published by Ice Nine Publishing Co. (ASCAP).

Recorded by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound, Oakland CA
Produced by the musicians and Jeremy
Mastered in HDCD™ by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder CO

Cover painting by Howard Rheingold
Package design by Maurice Tani

Here’s an audio sample with bits of all the jams.

“The album is great. The interplay among the musicians is an endlessly inventive conversation. Super Bravo on this one! Kudos to all involved!” – Barry Smolin, host of HEAD ROOM on KPFK (Los Angeles CA)





Grateful Dead Hour no. 1467

October 30th, 2016

Week of October 31, 2016

Part 1 24:01
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 7 (11/8/76)
DON’T LET GO

Part 2 31:11
Interview by Steven Marcus 10/14/86
Jerry Garcia

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.


The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, November 11, let Led Zeppelin be your master! The Capitol Theatre presents Get The Led Out, an artistic and epic performance of Led Zeppelin’s music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Wake the Dead, the Bay Area band announcing the release of their fourth CD of Celtic reimaginings of songs of the Grateful Dead and the Summer of Love. Deal by Wake the Dead is available from CDBaby and from www.wakethedead.org

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1466

October 23rd, 2016

Week of October 24, 2016

Part 1 29:03
Grateful Dead 7/11/69 New York State Pavilion, Queens NY
/DRUMS->
JAM->
THE OTHER ONE

Part 2 26:47
Grateful Dead 7/11/69 New York State Pavilion, Queens NY
DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY->
TURN ON YOUR LOVELIGHT/

Talk
Norma Waterson (Hannibal)
BLACK MUDDY RIVER

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, November 19, The Capitol Theatre presents An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The psychedelic group just released their 4th studio album, “Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel.” Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1465

October 16th, 2016

Week of October 17, 2016

Part 1 32:09
Grateful Dead 7/11/69 New York State Pavilion, Queens NY
DUPREE’S DIAMOND BLUES->
DIRE WOLF
HARD TO HANDLE
SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES

Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia (Rounder Records)
DEAL (Buddy Miller)
SUGAREE (Jorma Kaukonen)

Part 2 24:12
Grateful Dead 7/11/69 New York State Pavilion, Queens NY
CASEY JONES
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD
BIG BOSS MAN
MAMA TRIED
HIGH TIME

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, November 3, Indigo Girls will bring their power of two to The Cap for a night of beautiful tunes and dreamy vibes. Friday, November 4, ska and rock-steady legends Toots & the Maytals bring their good vibes and musical sunshine to The Cap for their first time since 2012. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Word of mouth is everything!

October 13th, 2016

I asked my pal Maurice Tani to create these memes. Spread ’em around!!

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